The METRO Blue Line extension (Bottineau Transitway) will bring light rail transit (LRT) to the northwest area of the Twin Cities.
With Minneapolis and Brooklyn Park at either end, the 13-mile corridor passes through the cities of Golden Valley, Robbinsdale and Crystal. This extension of the METRO Blue Line (Hiawatha) will connect to the METRO Green (Central and Southwest) Line and Northstar Commuter Rail at the Interchange at Target Field Station in Minneapolis.
In June 2012, the Hennepin County Regional Rail Authority (HCRRA) recommended construction of the LRT line along West Broadway Avenue in Brooklyn Park, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad corridor, and Olson Memorial Highway/Trunk Highway 55 (called the B-C-D1 Alignment).
As part of the transportation funding and construction process, the Metropolitan Council adopted HCRRA’s recommendations into the region’s 2030 Transportation Policy Plan (TPP) on May 8, 2013. The recommendations of the “Locally Preferred Alternative” (LPA) included the route and mode of transit. All cities along the route passed resolutions of support for the preferred route.
The METRO Blue Line LRT extension is projected to provide approximately 27,000 rides a day by 2030. The project is estimated to cost $1 billion in year 2017 dollars. At this time, it is anticipated that funds for capital costs will come from four sources:
Counties Transit Improvement Board’s transit sales tax in the metro area (30%)
Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority (10%)
State of Minnesota (10%)
Federal Transit Administration (50%)
Draft Environmental Impact Statement
The Bottineau Transitway Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) document is available for public review and comment from April 11, 2014 through May 29, 2014. You may view the DRAFT EIS document in its entirety on the Bottineau Transitway website hosted by Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority (HCRRA).
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